Maritime Forum

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Celebrating ocean literacy in the Mediterranean Sea – Welcome to our Mediterranean Sea basin event

Event date:
24/09/2021 (All day) to 27/09/2021 (All day)
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    The EU4Ocean Coalition is organising a new round of engaging ocean literacy activities for the upcoming Mediterranean Sea basin event. From youth activities, educational programmes to the Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Festival, there is no limit to your imagination. Come on board and join us in making the Med blue!

    A new wave of ocean literacy activities is fast approaching, this time the Mediterranean Sea basin. Supported by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission, the EU4Ocean Coalition is preparing its Mediterranean Sea basin event, organised around Med Coast Day (September 25th). It will combine a rich and diverse programme on-site, online and in hybrid format, organised in different Mediterranean locations. Together, by connecting Mediterranean ocean literacy actors and initiatives, it will serve as a focal point for bringing ocean literacy to everybody’s mind and actions.

    Particular attention will be given to:

    • Bringing the ocean to education, considering differences in cultures and pedagogy between Mediterranean countries and identifying mechanisms for strengthening the place given to the ocean in national curricula and education policies
    • Supporting inspiring youth ocean literacy activities, widening youth learning opportunities and developing blue skills
    • Strengthening the role given to ocean literacy in strategies and policies, including in different policy domains (marine & land-based) and at different decision-making scales (from local to Mediterranean Sea basin scales)
    • The Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Festival showcasing engaging ocean literacy activities: from science shows, arts performances or workshops to public debates for young Europeans and other audiences that are directly or indirectly linked to the Mediterranean Sea
    • Promoting the #MakeEUBlue campaign that has been launched at European Maritime Day 2021 and is ongoing

    In coherence with the truly Mediterranean character of the event, we will focus our efforts on the organisation of physical events in three locations: Venice, Malta and the South Mediterranean. The main Mediterranean Sea basin event activities are organised between September 24th and September 27th, 2021. While many activities or initiatives will be virtual, we hope that at least one physical activity per Mediterranean country will be organised during these days.

    Let’s make the Mediterranean blue! How to attend

    The following programme assembles the activities scheduled for and around the Mediterranean Sea basin event. Live events will be held at scheduled time, whereas other content will be made available all day long. Further information on individual events, organisation and dates will follow soon. This web page will be continuously updated. Stay tuned!


    High-level opening (24th September)

    • Target audience: TBD
    • Format: hybrid
    • How to attend: more information will follow soon 

    Bringing the ocean to the curricula (TBD)

    • Strengthening the role of ocean literacy in education
    • Target audience: teachers, educators, policymakers and similar
    • Format: hybrid workshop (Venice)
    • How to attend: more information will follow soon

    Youth4Med Forum (TBD)

    • Practical activities, presentation and pitches
    • Target audience: Mediterranean Youth Ocean Advocates
    • Format: on-site (Malta)
    • How to attend: Read our call and become a Mediterranean Youth Ocean Advocate

    Blue skills and blue career workshops (TBD)

    • Target audience: youth
    • Format: online workshops
    • How to attend: more information will follow soon

    Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Festival (25th September, all day)

    • Presenting practical initiatives, films, videos and other ocean literacy activities on the ground
    • Target audience: public
    • Format: on-site/online/hybrid
    • How to attend: more information will follow soon
    • Interested in joining us? Read our call for activities for the festival

    Blue Schools Med teacher training (TBD)

    • Sharing experiences on blue challenges, presenting the EU Blue School Handbook and more
    • Target audience: Network of European Blue Schools, Mediterranean teachers
    • Format: on-site (Venice)
    • How to attend: more information will follow soon

    Ocean literacy in strategies and policy (TBD)

    • Strengthening the role of ocean literacy in policy
    • Target audience: TBD
    • Format: on-site (Malta)
    • How to attend: more information will follow soon

    Launch of the Mediterranean Ocean Literacy Coalition (TBD)

    • Target audience: Organisations and other Mediterranean ocean literacy actors
    • Format: online
    • How to attend: more information will follow soon


    Other events connected to the Mediterranean Sea basin event:

    Blue Schools Med Partners Meeting (26th – 27th September)

    • Reviewing blue challenges projects and tools, results and ways forward
    • Target audience: Partners from the Erasmus+ Blue S_Med project
    • Format: on-site (Venice)
    • How to attend: more information will follow soon

    You want to do more than to attend the event? Join the wave!

    If you want to participate as a speaker, event organiser or as a youth representative, please contact us at...

    Pierre Strosser @

    For Education and Venice activities: Vera Noon @

    For Youth and Malta activities: Anna Saito @

    All kinds of activities are welcome and there is no limit to your imagination!

    Together, let's make the Med blue!